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Warning Mechanism for GPS Indicator for oncoming vehicles Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199072D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Disclosed is a system which works as an extension to existing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to identify new points of interest (POI), such as bicyclists or runners, along a vehicle’s route and warn the driver of their proximity. This allows drivers to be aware of POIs that may otherwise be out of view due to corners, a crest of a hill, or other obstruction.

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Warning Mechanism for GPS Indicator for oncoming vehicles

Drivers today, despite all the conveniences afforded through lights, mirrors, Global

Positioning Systems (GPS), and in-vehicle cameras to show the rear view while in

reverse, are still open to surprise occurrences of individuals who may have avoided the

detection systems and are invisible to us until it is too late.

The increasing dependence of people on computers to guide them and the additionally

increasing number of distractions for drivers (e.g., cellular phones) makes the detection

of anomalies outside the standard ability of our machines more important than ever.

Cars striking bicyclists is an all too common problem. It is often due to the inability to

see over hills or around corners as well the decreased reaction times of distracted


The core problem is that drivers need a system or method for detecting and avoiding

new objects or people as they come into the vehicle's route.

Current solutions include computer chips that can be used to track people or objects on

a home computer. These are enabling technologies, as some prior art speaks to object

obstruction detection and delivering that information for display on the GPS. Enabling

technologies include:
• GPS for motorbikes (1)
• Child tracking device (2)
• GPS tracking chip (3)

None of these solutions meet the specifications described in this invention.

The solution is a system that acts as an extension to current GPS capabilities to

dynamically detect the appearance of new Points of Interest (POI), when the POI is

equipped with a GPS chip. POIs of main concern are bicyclists, pedestrians, and

children at play. Through the GPS positioned in a vehicle, the system warns the driver

of nearby or approaching POIs that are not otherwise visible (e.g., around a corner or

over the crest of a hill).

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